It’s a joke, a cliché, but nothing breaks my creative block like manual labor. Big machines, large tires and rollers crushing over things like the thoughts that stop you from putting pen to paper. Doing it works too but it is hard to write when you are hauling heavy objects. Dictation perhaps.
Call me sexist but it’s not really a physical attraction thing. It’s just a physical thing as opposed to a mental thing – it is concrete and photoreal. If you manage to move it the thing will stay moved, unlike the drifting tides of mind and mood. Construction workers turn me on, but probably not in the way you are thinking.
The elusive creative spark has been the topic of many a pome and tome, and for good reason. If you have ever tried to deliver creative on a schedule then you know of what I speak. She is a fickle muse and yes, a harsh mistress but oh the fruits, the sweet results…well. It is worth the price you pay to birth such things in any case, be they art or craft. The world needs more of these.
Right now I am reading Imagine , How Creativity Works and according to the book I am on the absolute brink of a breakthrough. In other words I am totally disillusioned and completely ready to give up. This is apparently when creativity arrives. I am awake and ready if it should happen to come tonight. I’ve made tea. I am prepared. Yet hopeless. If that doesn’t do it then I guess I will go back to sleep. Raw determination, I know. Inspiring really. But there you go.
- Creativity is Our Birthright (psychologytoday.com)
- My Writing Process (longblogs.wordpress.com)
- Changing Your Thought Processes: It’s In the Sauce! (thisisjacked.wordpress.com)
- How Can We Teach Creativity? (3diassociates.wordpress.com)
- Takeaways from Jonah Lehrer’s ‘Imagine’ (distilled.net)
- Short Takes: Imagine How Creativity Works (plattformad.com)